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Continentals scrape by field hockey, 1-0

Claire Markonic '17 put the would-be go-ahead goal in the back of Hamilton's cage, but the score was overruled. File photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College.

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Hamilton College's Eva Rosencrans scored with 9:42 left in the second half and lifted the Continentals to a 1-0 NESCAC win against the Bates College field hockey team at Hamilton's Campus Road Athletic Field on Saturday.

The Continentals (1-2 overall, 1-1 NESCAC) have won two out of their three meetings with Bates, since the teams began playing each other as conference rivals.

Victoria Trentini made four saves and posted her second career shutout for Hamilton. Trentini has a save percentage of .828 in three games.

Senior goalkeeper Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) helped keep the Bobcats in the game by stopping 12 shots, including nine in the first half. Otley has made 34 saves in the past three contests for the Bobcats against only four goals allowed, for an .895 save percentage, but Bates (1-3, 0-2 NESCAC) has lost all three of those by one goal.

The Continentals threatened to get on the scoreboard for the majority of the game, building a 29-7 shot advantage, and they were awarded 18 penalty corners to just four for the Bobcats.

Hamilton's best chance in the first half came with 17:23 left when it was awarded a penalty stroke but Rosencrans' lofted shot was batted out-of-bounds by Otley.

Bates nearly took the lead with about 30 seconds left in the opening half. A shot by first-year Claire Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.) was stopped, but she put the ball in the back of the cage a few seconds later. However, the officials ruled the ball had deflected off a Bobcat player's leg right before Markonic scored.

The Continentals kept the pressure on in the second half, and they were finally rewarded with Rosencrans' second goal this year that followed a scramble in front of the cage. Bates didn't get off another shot the rest of the way.

Seniors Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) and Lexie Carter (Saco, Maine) tied junior Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.) for the team lead in shots attempted, with two apiece.

The Bobcats are at Wesleyan University for NESCAC action on Saturday, Sept. 21.